Oscar’s Story

Throughout history, city planners used materials made with asbestos to build cities within the United States, exposing the many construction workers to the dangerous material. Workers like Oscar spent years helping build our nation’s cities and unknowingly put their own lives in danger.

Oscar was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013, after 35 years of dedicated service to the underground construction industry where he installed water, sewer and drain pipes in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The cement pipes he’d installed his entire career were asbestos pipes.

Holding the Responsible Accountable with a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Oscar was still working when he was diagnosed. The family was devastated, but rallied to support him. His daughter, Isabel, was just 19 years old and a college freshman. After class, she would go to her parents and take Oscar to his chemotherapy treatments.

In early 2014, Oscar asked Isabel what she wanted for her birthday. She told him she wanted him to marry her mom, Lupe. While the couple was dedicated to each other for over 25 years, going through the pomp and ceremony of marriage had never been a high priority.

But now with Oscar’s diagnosis, it was important. Isabel planned for Oscar to purpose during her birthday dinner. It was tradition for the family to go out for dinner on birthdays. Every year, after Isabel would blow out her candles, her mom always asked, “What did you wish for?”

That year Isabel told her, “I wished that dad would propose to you.” Lupe turned around, and there was Oscar with the ring.

The next month they were married. Oscar passed away a few months later a happily married man.

Following his death, the family decided to take action and hold those responsible accountable. Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Randy Cohn and his team of mesothelioma lawyers got to work finding past co-workers to speak about Oscar’s exposure.

“I’ve never seen co-workers more loyal than Oscar’s co-workers,” Randy said. “They came together and gave strong depositions against the defendants.”

During the mediation hearing, the three family members remembered Oscar. They said they weren’t doing it for the money, but in his memory and because he would have wanted it for them.

“This won’t change our lives,” Oscar’s son, Oscar, Jr. told Randy while they waited to find out if the settlement was finalized. “You could get us a billion dollars tomorrow and I’m still going to wake up tomorrow, grab my shovel and go to work. And my mom is still going to work two jobs and my sister is going to go to school. The bottom line is there is no money that could make up for the loss of my dad.”

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